I'm a bit surprised

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  1. GregH

    GregH Grizzled Veteran

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    I've planted soybeans 4 times in the last 7 years in my 2 acre plot that is my front yard. Another 3/4 acre that sits adjacent to it is planted in clover and brassicas. What is surprising to me is that the deer are hitting the dried beans so early in the season. Usually they don't start hitting them until late November.

    I know acorns are dropping as I hear them bouncing off of my tractor sheds metal roof. But I don't know if there is a good crop out in the woods, I haven't been out there yet. I do know that they are liking the clover and brassicas as they are hitting that first before going into the beans.

    Right now just the resident deer are feeding here but in late winter deer from all over will be here.

    Anyone else notice this?

    Last year late winter

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    I know here, they will let red acorns sit, but will eat white acorns. Similar with some varieties of acorn over another. Summer they like corn, fall less so. Mine aren't big fans of turnips. In the Midwest it may be different for to weather affecting sugars, flavor, and possibly nutrition...

    Apart from taste, perhaps ease of availability /consumption and volume for fresh soft mast, is a preference...
     
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    John T. Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Just after the earth cooled, a fellow got a fork horn buck. While field dressing it, he opened the paunch and it was stuffed with acorns. Sorry, can't tell what type but it was obvious what he was eating.
     
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    Watching the neighbors cattle mow a pasture the other day, he pulled up and we got to shooting the breeze. He asked what I thought and I made a comment that they sure were grazing it hard. He said he needed to take them off the big pasture so it could recoup a little before it went dormant. He seems to think it'll be a tough winter and that's a sign of it. He is old rough stock so if he is saying it I'd believe it to be true.
     
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    GregH Grizzled Veteran

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    I was wondering about the hard winter ahead idea.

    Could be.... will half to wait and see.

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    Deer can forecast better than the weather clowns with their computer models.
     
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    I like big fat does and I can not lie, other hunters may deny but when a big doe comes in all big and round you get sprung. Baby got back (straps)
     
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    Our Sun as entered a low activity state...this changes our weather....look to see colder winter temps and a changing winds ans storms....
    Interesting study on how the suns activity effects earth climate
     
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